EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon’s nationally ranked cross country teams square off against the eighth-ranked Portland men and the seventh-ranked Washington women Saturday at the eighth annual Bill Dellinger Invitational at the Springfield Country Club. The men’s 8,000 meter race begins at 10:30 a.m., while the men’s 5,000 meter run goes off at 11:15 a.m.

Admittance is free and spectators are encouraged to take the free shuttle from Mohawk Elementary School.

In addition to the nationally ranked teams, the meet features a number of ranked squads from the West Region. In the men’s race, that includes No. 1 Oregon, No. 2 Portland, No. 6 Boise State, No. 7 Washington and No. 13 Gonzaga. For the women, the regionally ranked teams are No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Washington, No. 8 Boise State, No. 10 Portland and No. 14 Idaho, as well as Midwest No. 10 Wichita State.

The men have entered seniors Tim Costin, Brett Johnson, Nathan Mathabane and Parker Stinson, juniors Jeramy Elkaim, Ryan Pickering, Cole Watson and Daniel Winn, sophomores Chris Brewer and Matthew Melancon, and freshman Edward Cheserek, who won last week’s Boston College XC Invitational in his Oregon debut.

The Ducks’ women’s entries for this weekend’s race include senior Sarah Penney, juniors Mia Elbon and Megan Patrignelli, sophomores Ally Aschbacher, Molly Grabill and Abbey Leonardi, and freshmen Skylar Evans, Therese Haiss, Ashley Maton and Maggie Schmaedick.

The meet will be the final home cross country appearance for NCAA qualifiers Stinson and Penney, as well as Costin and Johnson.

Conversely, the Dellinger will be the Oregon debuts for Mathabane, a fifth-year transfer from Princeton, and Aschbacher.

The Ducks are coming off an exceptional performance in Boston last Friday, where the men won the BC XC Invite and the women were second.

BILL DELLINGER INVITATIONAL MEN’S RACE
Time: 10:30 a.m. PDT
Length: 8,000 Meters
8K Course Record: 22:55.14, Galen Rupp, Oregon, 10-31-08
Twitter: @OregonTF
Live Results: http://www.rtspt.com/events/oregon/dellinger13/ (also will be posted on www.goducks.com)
Teams (12): Boise State, Clark College, Gonzaga, Idaho, Mt. SAC, Oregon, Portland, Portland State, Seattle, Washington, Wichita State, UO Running Club.
Rankings: The Ducks come in the meet ranked fourth nationally, with Portland at No. 8. The Ducks are the top-ranked team in the West, while the Pilots are second. The Dellinger will feature four of the West’s top seven teams with No. 6 Boise State and No. 7 Washington joining Oregon and Portland. West No. 13 Gonzaga is also in the field.
Oregon Entries: Seniors Tim Costin, Brett Johnson, Nathan Mathabane and Parker Stinson, juniors Jeramy Elkaim, Ryan Pickering, Cole Watson and Daniel Winn, sophomores Chris Brewer and Matthew Melancon, and freshman Edward Cheserek.

BILL DELLINGER INVITATIONAL WOMEN’S RACE
Time: 11:15 a.m. PDT
Length: 5,000 Meters
5K Course Record: 16:22.92, Sheila Reid, Villanova, 10-2-09
Twitter: @OregonTF
Live Results: http://www.rtspt.com/events/oregon/dellinger13/ (also will be posted on www.goducks.com)
Teams (12): Boise State, Clark College, Gonzaga, Idaho, Mt. SAC, Oregon, Portland, Portland State, Seattle, Washington, Wichita State, UO Running Club.
Rankings: Oregon is the top ranked team coming into the Dellinger at No. 5 nationally, with Washington close behind at No. 7. The Ducks rank second in the West, while the Huskies are at No. 3 A number of other teams are ranked regionally, including No. 8 Boise State, No. 10 Portland and No. 14 Idaho from the West and No. 10 Wichita State from the Midwest.
Oregon Entries: Senior Sarah Penney, juniors Mia Elbon and Megan Patrignelli, sophomores Ally Aschbacher, Molly Grabill and Abbey Leonardi, and freshmen Skylar Evans, Therese Haiss, Ashley Maton and Maggie Schmaedick.

SCORING
The place of the first five finishers counts toward the team score. The next two runners may displace runners from opposing teams. First place is worth one point, second place two points, etc. Low score wins.

Ducks to Don Pink for Dellinger Invitational
The University of Oregon men’s and women’s cross country teams will be wearing pink at Saturday’s Bill Dellinger Invitational. The Ducks will be donning special singlets in recognition of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Fans attending Saturday’s race are encouraged to wear pink. For more information on National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, visit www.nbcam.org.

AUCTION ITEMS
Following the Dellinger meet, singlets will be auctioned online  at goducks.com.

KIDS’ FUN RUN
After the women’s race, kids 12 and under are invited to participate in a brief fun run on the Springfield Course that will conclude at the finish line. Members of the Oregon track and field team will assist with the Kids’ Fun Run that is being co-sponsored by City of Eugene Recreation.

MIDDLE SCHOOL 3K
Following the awards ceremony, there will be a boys and girls middle school 3,000 meters. Participants are encouraged to preregister at Athletics.net, or contact Kim McManus with the City of Eugene at 541 682 6343.

AWARDS CEREMONY at Noon.

AUTOGRAPH SESSION
Immediately following the conclusion of the women’s race, there will be an autograph session with Oregon coaches and student-athletes near the finish line.

PARKING
Spectator parking will be at the Mohawk Elementary School on Sunderman Road. Shuttle buses will then transport spectators to the course at the Springfield Country Club. The shuttles will run continuously from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please allow sufficient time to use the park-and-ride shuttle.

To reach the Mohawk Elementary School:
• Take 105E/126E and stay on 126E for 7 miles.
• Take the 42nd Street/Marcola exit and make a left on 42nd street for 0.4 miles.
• Make a right on Marcola for 5.5 miles, going 1 mile past the Springfield Country Club.
• Turn right on Sunderman Road.
• The Mohawk Elementary School will be on your right after ¼ mile.

Signs will be posted on the roads directing traffic to the park-and-ride lot at Mohawk Elementary School.

THE COURSE
 The Springfield Country Club will be the site of the Bill Dellinger Invitational. Athletes will race entirely on grass and mostly on fairways on the back nine holes along the Mohawk River. The course consists of three relatively flat loops—an outer loop, an inner loop for the Women’s 5k, and a finish loop. The outer loop is approximately 2265 meters in length, the inner loop for the 5K is approximately 1410 meters in length, and the finishing loop is approximately 1325 meters in length. Fans are reminded they are NOT allowed to walk on greens or tee boxes, and are asked to stay off fairways as much as possible.

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